New album 'Water'
from Kerryn Fields
MUSIC VICTORIA - FOLK WORK OF THE YEAR 2022 (WATER)
MLT SONGWRITING AWARD 'MAMMA' - NZ COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 2019
TROUBADOUR FOUNDATION AWARD - 2019
Recorded in three days, beside the ocean, under the light of the full moon.
What could be more soulful or intriguing?
Award-winning songwriter and widely adored live performer, Kerryn Fields offers to the world her new LP, Water - a timeless, fearless, and deeply captivating homage to the full spectrum of human emotion.
Recorded live to tape with vocals, guitars, drums and upright bass all in one room and take, listeners will love the sense of authenticity and freedom embodied by the record’s production. There’s a richness and warmth to the sound, almost as if Fields’ exemplary collective of musicians can be heard smiling to - and eyeing off - one another.
And that’s just it. This record? Just like Fields herself, it’s joy and human nature exemplified.
Water is produced by Kerryn Fields and Fraser Montgomery (Ash Grunwald, Tracy McNeil, Dan Parsons), engineered/mixed by Fraser Montgomery and mastered by Adam Dempsey (Courtney Barnett, Didirri, Angie McMahon). The album features Joshua Barber (drums) Ben Franz (upright bass, pedal steel), Jen Anderson (fiddle), Harley Stewart (electric guitar), Ryan Brewer (piano, hammond, rhodes) and additional vocals by Sam Lohs, Rosie Burgess, Mitch Finglas and Jarryn Phegan.
DEEP DIVINE RECORDS 2021 ©
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WATER // OFFICIAL VIDEOS
KERRYN FIELDS // ST KILDA PIER (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
KERRYN FIELDS // MAMMA (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
KERRYN FIELDS // WHERE I'VE BEEN (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
UNTIL YOU // KERRYN FIELDS (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Fuelled by reverence, integrity and a deep spiritual connection to the human experience, New Zealand songwriter Kerryn Fields paints timeless musical portraits that do what others rarely can: bring us home to ourselves.
With multiple awards and nominations to her name (Music Victoria Best Folk Work 2022, Music Victoria Best Solo Artist & Best Record Finalist 2022, AFMA Contemporary Album of the Year, Music Victoria Folk Act of the Year and Amplify Award finalist, 2021), Fields’ trademark warmth of character , evident in both life and music, fuels a creative offering that expands well beyond her command of guitar, voice and audience.
With one hand on guitar and the other firmly upon heart, music moved Fields through a time when chronic illness, family separations and the weight of life changes presented this artist with her biggest challenges yet. It would be her relocation to Melbourne during which Fields would settle into her most significant relationship to date: that with her newfound network of fellow career singers, songwriters and performers. Life as she’d known it would change forever.
Touring extensively around Australia, New Zealand and Canada for the next 13 years with the help of her much-loved camper van, Fields would soon come to realise that something significant was missing. Come 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, a most extraordinary thing happened: Aotearoa called Kerryn Fields back home.
What followed was an unyielding period of radical self-acceptance - and the album to go with it. Water, Kerryn Fields’ 2021 LP details a love story at heart, it details Fields’ journey to Australia - the homesickness, the letting-go, and the falling into love. Raw, evocative and summoning an emotional force greater than the sum of its parts, its 10 tracks were signed off just as Fields relinquished control to the will of her elders - a journey that coursed her through the rivers, mountains and valleys of the heartland. Likewise, songs such as Black Fire and St Kilda Pier narrate tales of new land across shore, shaping Fields’ growing connection to Country - and self, at that.
Ultimately, it was Kerryn Fields' early acceptance of the love and pure kindness offered to her by doctors, nurses, therapists and carers that would shape her ability to heal others with her music. It would come as no surprise, then, that the core of Fields’ enduring appeal is her ability to relate - both intensely, and authentically - to those in her presence.
Radiating warmth, humor and a depth of character that’s palpable as soon as she enters a room, Fields utilises music and storytelling as a vehicle for doing what she does best: making peace with her own human existence. It’s because of this startling ability to meet and embrace herself so willingly that others feel able to do the same.
Kerryn Fields has appeared at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Out On The Weekend, Blue Mountains Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Newstead Live, Seven Sisters, Artswells (CAN), and more. She has landed coveted support slots with the likes of Nashville’s Lillie-Mae and the Grammy Award-winning Cedric Burnside, and continues touring her celebrated house concert series extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
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